Today, as the weekend’s winding down and we’re having to deal with the impending new week, we thought we’d do something new to continue our 50th celebrations. So, we’re 110% stoked to release our first ever EP, courtesy of the extremely talented Killawatt. Matt’s signed to some of the biggest labels in dubstep (Wheel & Deal, Black Box, Subway, New Moon and DubPride anyone?) and now FatKidOnFire and MakeItGood (haha)! Find Matt on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud. Peep our interview with Killawatt and download links for his “Overflow EP” below…
Who is Killawatt?
I’m a dubstep DJ/ producer based in various places (depending one if I have a job or not). I’ve just finished Uni at Surrey and am currently sorting my life out!
What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? What’s your style - big, dark basslines or as filthy as possible?
I’d probably say my housemate Jack, aka Ipman, got me into dubstep during my first year of Uni. I was a jungle DJ beforehand and always found dubstep a bit boring but I got into it and here I am today! My production style is pretty dark. Movement and groove is really important to me, so I tend to stay away from the really basic half step stuff. Recently I’ve been really into the tribal sound spanning the 130-140 bpm range, I think it’s something people are beginning to associate me with now. When it comes to DJing, I’m pretty much open to anything, generally it’ll be on the deeper side but I’ll throw in heavier stuff, some funky, a bit of techno now and again. Variation around a main theme is the key to a good set in my opinion.
What software do you use to produce your tracks?
I’m using Logic Pro 8 at the moment, I’m kind of scared to move to 9 in case everything goes wrong for some reason. I use Omnisphere a lot; I’m really into big cinematic sounds and it’s perfect for that. The only other synths I use are Albino 3 and FM8 really. I work a lot more with samples now than I used to so the EXS24 sampler gets the most mileage out of everything.
Turntables or CDJs?
For jungle it’s always turntables but for dubstep it’s CDJs.
How long have you producing and DJing?
I’ve been producing roughly 2 years and DJing about 5.
What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be?
That’s a hard one. I haven’t been particularly prolific with the gigs to be honest, my main focus has been production – but if I had to choose it would probably have to be some of ‘Presha’ nights we ran at Surrey Uni. Big, friendly vibes all around. Playing N-type’s Rinse FM show was pretty fun too.
Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why?
- Phaeleh - All round don. Get’s so much emotion into his music whilst retaining that physicality that dubstep needs.
- Biome - Man’s got some serious talent and a serious amount of dubs. Biome has a very recognisable sound too which I think is very important.
- Ruckspin - Always been in my top 3. Has so much versatility with all the side projects he has going on too. Very excited to hear his collaborative work with Jack Sparrow as ‘Author’.
- Amon Tobin - I think he’s the greatest electronic music producer ever (I’m a sucker for weird/ complex sound design). I’m gutted I missed his ISAM show at the Roundhouse a couple of months ago, looked epic!
- Subreachers - Think they must have the biggest artist folder in my iTunes. Have the biggest sub in the game.
What’s the future of dubstep - where do you see the genre going?
I don’t have a clue. I suppose it’ll just keep going and evolving.
Any upcomg releases we can look forward to?
Yeah my 1st release on Wheel & Deal came out Monday 15th August, we’re also currently planning a 2nd release. Theres also Box Clever, BLKBXXX, Subway, New Moon, Requiem Audio, Boka, Loft Party Records and Orientis Records releases on the way as well!
Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers?
Work hard. Learn what sounds good and what doesn’t. Too many producers can’t distinguish between good and bad production which holds them back a lot.
We’ve got to the point you’ve all been waiting for; Killawatt’s “Overflow EP”. This four track EP has been getting mad love on the since it went live on Friday - and we can totally understand why! On the A-side there’s ‘Narco' and 'A New Direction' and on the flip there's 'Take a Step Back' and 'Slow Motion’. Be sure to check the fantastic ‘Narco’ and ‘Take a Step Back’ (our personal favourites) but grab the whole EP and let us know what you think! [Special] FKOF exclusive: Killawatt - Overflow EP (free download) by FatKidOnFire